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One of the items listed on the wish list on the scratch pad on Koby Altman’s desk is most likely “add size.”
To that end, the first-year general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers could be looking West in an ability to cross that item off his wish list, according to a report.
As in Utah, and Derrick Favors.
.@wojespn today on The Jump: “Cavs are looking to add size. A player who is available that teams are calling about who could help them is Derrick Favors from the Jazz.”
— Spence Checketts (@spencechecketts) January 16, 2018
Headed toward unrestricted free agency this summer, Favors is making $12 million this season and Utah — one of the most active teams in the league — is reputed to be looking to move him before the Feb. 8 deadline in order to receive something back and not lose him to free agency after the season.
Would Altman ask the Jazz about a package that also includes shooting guard Rodney Hood, another Jazz player headed toward unrestricted free agency after this season? Hood, a 6-foot-8 left-hander, is making $2,386,864 this season.
The salaries of Favors and Hood would be a match with what Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson is making this season — $16,400,000 — to make a potential trade work.
Like the Jazz, the Cavs are believed to be one of the most aggressive teams when it comes to looking for a deal.
Favors, a 6-foot-10, 265-pound power forward, is having a good season for the Jazz. He is averaging 12.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 28.1 minutes per game, while shooting career-bests from the field (55.4 percent) and the free-throw-line (71.9 percent).
He has started all 40 games in which he’s played for Utah (17-26) this season.
Favors, the 26-year-old Georgia Tech product selected third overall in the 2010 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets, has career averages of 11.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in his eight-year NBA career.